Here We Go Again …
The community is being asked to jump thru the Dispute Resolution Program hoop of Dialogue and Mediation, again. It’s really annoying. By now, everyone who attended or contributed to the Dialogue Day back in April, has received a letter from the office of Avis Ridley-Thomas. Said letter is full of holes.
In her letter she is requesting that we, the community, provide her with names of groups who should represent the community for the next round of discussion. At least she acknowledged our group and the S-T Neighborhood Council.
Suggested in her short list of “groups” she includes “Residents of Sunland-Tujunga who have expressed support for Home Depot should also be represented.” HUH? I didn’t know there was a Group, as in organized group, of residents who support Home Depot. Let’s tell it like it is; describing a few scattered employees of Home Depot as a group is total bias and obvious influence by Home Depot and their lawyers. Isn’t the DRP supposed to be neutral? Sure, there may be a few in town who think a Home Depot is a good idea, but there are not many, and certainly not an organized group. And I’m not the only one to take offense at this statement, the phone is ringing and the emails are pouring in!
Another questionable point in said letter is the statement, “A majority of participants expressed a preference for the Dispute Resolution Program to continue to convene the dialogues.” That statement needs to be backed up with facts. Personally, I don’t believe it. I only know of a few who answered yes to that question on the evaluation form we filled out at the end of the day on April 26. Let’s see a chart, a list, an analysis, an evaluation of those forms! None has been provided.
Where is the transparency here? Avis said she would be evaluating the materials collected from the Day of Dialogue, and if she has written any summary, it hasn’t been made public. Wendy’s office tells us they haven’t received anything either.
Remember the day Joe and I went downtown to view the Dialogue File? (You can read about the warm welcome we received there towards the end of my July 5 post). The file included the participant’s evaluation forms and evaluation forms filled out by the faciliators, with answers to the question about whether people wanted to continue the dialogue process. But because the file was so large, we requested a full copy of the file, rather than sitting there and taking notes. And guess what? We’re still waiting for it!! So far, not a word from the DRP office in response to emails and phone calls asking when it will be ready. We were told about 2 weeks, and that was on June 30.
Do you think we’ll get our copy of the file before the short July 21 deadline imposed by the DRP for the community response to their letter?
Didn’t the participants who showed up that day make it abundantly clear that there is no place for a Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga?
There is no dispute, and there is nothing to “resolve”. Why are we being asked to participate in this farce?
CALL TO ACTION
Please let Avis Ridley-Thomas know your thoughts. (213) 485-0390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org